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The Austin City Limits Music Festival, known to locals simply as ACL, has been a staple of the thriving Austin music scene since 2002. The two-weekend festival brings in music lovers from across the world to Zilker Park to enjoy a deep lineup of some of the world's greatest music acts.

The first weekend of ACL Music Fest takes place on Friday, October 6th at 11:00 a.m. to Sunday, October 8nd at 10 p.m., with the second weekend taking place from Friday, October 13th at 11 a.m. to Sunday, October 15th at 10 p.m. Each weekend's schedule is nearly identical, plus or minus a few acts, so choose wisely!

This year's lineup includes over 20 local bands hailing from Austin, including Asleep at the Wheel, The Wild Now, and Charlotte Cardin as well as

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The hot Austin real estate market didn’t disappoint the speculators and only seemed to rapidly gain steam as the summer months drew on. But, how did we get here? Despite a brief 3-year decline during “The Great Recession” of the late-2000s, the Austin real estate market very quickly bounced back. Between 2011 and 2013 alone there were 9,000 more homes sold in Austin—going from a paltry 21,208 to over 30,000. Take a look at these numbers and more in the image below.

Key Statistics

  • 936 more homes sold in August 2017 than August 2016.
  • Home prices up 5.5% in 2017.
  • 16% more homes put up for sale in August 2017 than August 2016.
  • Inventory is still well below 2010’s balanced market.

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In early September, Amazon took North American cities by surprise, announcing that they are looking to open a second headquarters. With the announcement, Jeff Bezos’ company set out the parameters as to what it will take to secure the contract to house Amazon’s HQ2. Tax incentives, reasonable real estate costs, ability to attract and retain high-quality tech talent, and proximity to a major airport are all key factors that will determine which major city will be welcoming HQ2. According to Re/Code, there are 22 cities in the continental United States that meet or exceed the criteria as well as at least two cities in Canada.

But, why are all these cities bending over backward in an attempt to woo the multi-billion dollar eCommerce giant? Continue

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Over the past few days, Hurricane Harvey has been wreaking havoc on communities in and around Houston. Whole communities are said to be underwater, lives have been lost and severely impacted, and tens of thousands of residents have been displaced. Texas has not seen a disaster like this since Hurricane Carla in 1961--which was a Category 5 hurricane and caused $300 million in damages—a record that Harvey, unfortunately, looks set to defeat. In times like these, it is critical that we all band together and do what we can to help those in need.

That’s why the JB Goodwin team is donating money to assist the Red Cross.

And you can too.

Besides the tremendous amounts of property damage, the hurricane will likely leave a large number of children

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Here's a look into Austin's leasing and rental market for the month of August 2017. Highlights include:

  • The median price for a single-family home is $1,750 per month or $1.15 per square foot
  • Total leases are up 7% since August 2016
  • JB Goodwin rentals spend 4 days less on the market

Austin Leasing Stats For August 2017

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Take a look at Austin's real estate MLS® sold data for the month of June 2017 below.

Highlights include:

  • Housing inventory was up 20% from last year
  • There was a 4% increase in demand for Austin homes since June 2016
  • Total of 16,222 homes have been sold in 2017

June 2017 MLS Stats Austin

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Here's a look into Austin's leasing and rental market for the month of July 2017. Highlights include:

  • JB Goodwin rentals spend 4 days less on the market
  • The median price for a single-family home is $1,700 per month or $1.15 per square foot
  • Total leases are up 8% since July 2016

Austin Leasing Stats For July 2017

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Take a look at Austin's real estate MLS® sold data for the month of May 2017 below.

Highlights include:

  • Housing inventory was up 22% from last year
  • There was a 5% increase in demand for Austin homes since May 2016
  • Total of 13,210 homes have been sold in 2017

May 2017 MLS Stats Austin

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Here's a look at Austin's leasing and rental statistics for the month of June 2017. Highlights include:

  • Homes rented through JB Goodwin spent an average of 6 days less on the market
  • Total number of properties leased increased by 62%
  • The median Austin rental price per month is $1,700 or $1.15 per square foot

Austin Leasing Stats For April 2017

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Take a look at Austin's real estate MLS® sold data for the month of April 2017 below.

Highlights include:

  • Housing inventory was up 18% from last year
  • There was a 4% increase in demand for Austin homes since April 2016
  • Total of 9,647 homes have been sold in 2017

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